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Introduction: Democratisation in Uttar Pradesh
Introduction: Democratisation in Uttar Pradesh

If Mahatma Gandhi was to be transported back to India in the current moment, what would he think? One can only speculate on his bemusement at the spectacle of India's new international airport. If he travelled up towards Western Uttar Pradesh (UP) he would doubtlessly be confused by all the advertisements for computer training institutes. But Gandhi might start to feel more at home on entering the ancient city of Meerut, where signs of the modern jostle with much more ‘traditional’ symbols and ways of life. If he walked back into Meerut College—where he fasted in the early 1920s—he would surely find that little had changed. In 2007, there were only six computers for the thousands ...

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